Returning to my starting point in my local park on my walk this week, I had a last glimpse of the marshes on the Loughor Estuary. The light was still strong as there was not a cloud to be seen and the air was clear.
Reviewing the walk, I am reminded that although I have called it the Castell Ddu Walk, the castle, or what remains of it does not feature in the images other than the related nearby motte situated at the side of the motorway. The link and quoted text below gives some information on the place.
The soundscape for this walk is a little longer than my usual 4 minutes. There were a number of changes in the ambience of the walk as well as details that I was keen to include – the changing sound of my footsteps as I walk under the railway bridge or the hard crunch of them on the frosty field. I also like the contrast of sound provided by the motorway traffic with the soft flow of water or the daily lives of the local birds. Click the play button below to enjoy my aural experience while looking through the gallery of images.
Castell Ddu Walk Soundscape
... At the confluence of Gwili and Llwchwr on the Carmarthenshire side of the river, there are large earthworks reputed by Col. W. LI. Morgan to be the site of Ystum Enlle with considerable outworks some yards away on the opposite side of a large river loop. But returning to the Glamorgan side we find in a field on the north of the lane to the church a massive and significant mound it is a motte and bailey castle, probably the site of Castell Ddu first mentioned in Llyfr Coch Hergest. Its local name is Banc y rhyfel and its important associations with early Welsh history are as yet scarcely appreciated. Col. W. LI. Morgan in his Antiquarian Survey of East Gower very properly suggests that the earthworks on the other side of the river are later developments of the same site, and after comparison with similar sites elsewhere in Wales it is safe to conclude that Banc y rhyfel is the original motte and bailey of the first wooden Castell Ddu which was in occupation until the more elaborate Castell Ddu near the river-crossing was completed. A farm nearby is still called Castell Ddu."...